Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff National Park, Alberta

We arrived in Banff National Park after our less than two hour drive from Calgary.  Upon getting set up at our amazing campground, we decided to take a walk to get our bearings.  After a short while, we realized there was shuttle service from our campground into town, and decided to jump aboard.  We had fun shopping around town and checking out the local scene before heading back to camp that evening.

Our first full day in Banff dawned bright and early, as we spotted a herd of about 30 cow elk grazing outside the RV when we woke up that morning.

After breakfast and elk-watching, we made our way via shuttle into town to travel from there to Johnston Canyon.  It was a 30 minute shuttle ride out there, and we enjoyed the gorgeous views along the way, and even saw a grizzly bear on the journey.

At Johnston Canyon, we hiked to both the Lower and Upper Falls.  It rained a bit in a few spots along the way, but was never enough to be too much of a nuisance.  We got wet at both falls from the spray.

After our hike, we returned to town for ice cream at “Cow.”  Delicious...

Then we walked to the Fairmont Banff for some appetizers and drinks, and really enjoyed the live music also.  The views from the hotel were spectacular.

The next morning, we began our day with a hike at Sherman Canyon at Lake Minnewanka.  The kids were all in great moods, and we ended up taking the trail much longer than we’d originally planned.  The views up the canyon and of the lake along the way were breathtaking.

Our hike ended at a spot where we were able to get down in the river (it was FREEZING) and put our feet in.  The kids had a great time exploring and resting in the sun after our journey.  

We took our shuttle from the take back into town from there, and over to the Rimrock Resort, where we met up with Gib and Joanne Miller, who were staying there as they began a journey with Backgrounds Outdoor Adventure Group.  We had a blast catching up with them, and so enjoyed our time together!

We had dinner outside that night, and Justin made a killer campfire to end our evening.

We woke up our last morning, and visited the Visitor Center and had coffee downtown before hitting the road to Lake Louise.  Banff was easily a family-favorite for all of us!


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